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Box Office History for Superman Movies

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Release DateMovieProduction
Box Office
Box Office
Dec 15, 1978 Superman $55,000,000 $7,465,343 $134,218,018 $300,200,000  
Jun 19, 1981 Superman II $54,000,000 $14,100,523 $101,347,629 $101,347,629  
Jun 17, 1983 Superman III $39,000,000 $13,352,357 $59,950,623 $59,950,623  
Jul 24, 1987 Superman IV: The Quest for Peace $17,000,000 $5,683,122 $11,227,824 $11,227,824  
Jun 28, 2006 Superman Returns $232,000,000 $52,535,096 $200,120,000 $374,085,065  
Feb 26, 2008 Justice League - The New Frontier     $0 $0  
Jun 14, 2013 Man of Steel $225,000,000 $116,619,362 $291,045,518 $667,999,518 Play
Mar 25, 2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice     $0 $0 Play
 Totals$622,000,000 $797,909,612$1,514,810,659 
Release DateMovieDomestic
DVD Sales
Blu-ray Sales
Total Domestic
Video Sales
Nov 28, 2006 Superman Returns $85,618,566   $85,618,566
Feb 26, 2008 Justice League - The New Frontier $5,913,788   $5,913,788
Nov 12, 2013 Man of Steel $42,171,833 $64,434,495 $106,606,328

Weekend Predictions: Will Monsters School Zombies?

June 20th, 2013

There are two potential monster hits opening this weekend: Monsters University and World War Z. Not only should both of those films score with moviegoers, but Man of Steel's sophomore stint should be strong as well resulting in a powerful weekend box office. This weekend last year was led by Brave with $66.32 million, a figure Monsters University should top. Meanwhile this year has a lot more depth at the box office than last year did, so 2013 should earn a victory in the year-over-year comparison. This is great news, because 2013 is still far behind 2012. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Superman is Truly Super

June 17th, 2013

It was a very good week at the box office with Man of Steel breaking the record for biggest June weekend topping Toy Story 3 by more than $6 million. Nearly every film in the top five matched or beat expectations, which helped the overall box office reach $204 million. This was 37% higher than last weekend and 57% higher than the same weekend last year. Year-to-date, 2013 is still behind 2012, but is has closed the gap to $150 million, or 3.1%, at $4.56 billion to $4.71 billion. More...

Weekend Estimates: Man of Steel Posts Biggest June Weekend

June 16th, 2013

2013 has been a nervous time for Warner Bros.. After six straight years as the number one or number two domestic distributor, the studio's main franchise breadwinners, Batman, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and The Hangover are all coming to an end or already played out. They are running in third place for the year to date, and badly need a new money spinner if they are to avoid lean times in 2015 and beyond. This weekend they got their knight in shining armor, or, more accurately, Man of Steel. The reboot of the venerable Superman franchise will open this weekend with $113.08 million, a new record weekend in June and a huge shot in the arm for the studio. More...

Weekend Predictions: Will Latest Superman Flick Live Up to Its Name?

June 13th, 2013

This week one of the biggest movies of the summer is coming out. Man of Steel is the latest film in the longest running super hero franchises of all time. Granted, Superman hasn't always been overly popular with moviegoers or critics, but it should still sell lots of tickets. This is the End is the counter-programming for the week, and it has a lot of popular actors and the reviews are strong, but it opened on Wednesday, so its weekend numbers will be softer as a result. Last year the box office was led by Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted and Prometheus, both of which were in their second weekend of release. The new releases were Rock of Ages and That's My Boy, both of which bombed. I foresee a victory in the year-over-year comparison. More...

2013 Preview: June

June 2nd, 2013

May ended on a mixed note, but there was still enough to celebrate. Of the seven films I thought had a legitimate shot at $100 million, four have already gotten there, one more is a sure thing, and another has a good shot as well. Only one, After Earth, will definitely fail to get to that milestone. (Although Now You See Me might get there instead.) Looking forward to June, there are four weekends, each with two wide releases, for a total of eight films. Of those eight, six have a legitimate shot at $100 million. One, Monsters University, should have no trouble getting to $200 million, and another, Man of Steel, should top $300 million. It is hard to compare this June with last June, because last June there were five weekends. Taking that into account and ignoring the first week, which lines up with the final week of May, there were eight wide releases. Of those eight, five hit $100 million, including three $200 million movies. There were no $300 million movies, so if the two big hits this month do as well as expected, 2013 could come out ahead. More...

Note: This list contains actors which appear in at least 2 movies of the franchise.

PersonNr. of
Box Office
Box Office
Christopher Reeve 4 Superman $472,726,076 $619,064,194 76.4%
Jackie Cooper 4 Perry White $472,726,076 $478,438,052 98.8%
Margot Kidder 4 Lois Lane $472,726,076 $835,192,587 56.6%
Marc McClure 4 Jimmy Olsen $472,726,076 $1,808,010,697 26.1%
Henry Cavill 2 Clark Kent/Kal-El $667,999,518 $1,278,478,733 52.2%
Amy Adams 2 Lois Lane $667,999,518 $3,186,072,770 21.0%
Laurence Fishburne 2 Perry White $667,999,518 $4,607,616,056 14.5%
Diane Lane 2 Martha Kent $667,999,518 $2,955,294,064 22.6%
Ned Beatty 2 Otis $401,547,629 $2,663,517,402 15.1%
Trevor Howard 2 1st Elder $600,400,000 $852,713,711 70.4%
Valerie Perrine 2 Eve Teschmacher $401,547,629 $1,036,623,120 38.7%
Terence Stamp 2 General Zod $401,547,629 $3,137,431,184 12.8%
Gene Hackman 2 Lex Luthor $112,575,453 $2,794,983,091 4.0%
Susannah York 2 Lara $401,547,629 $492,812,741 81.5%
Aaron Smolinski 2 Baby Clark Kent $968,199,518 $968,199,518 100.0%
John Ratzenberger 2 Controller $401,547,629 $11,743,293,535 3.4%

Note: This list contains people who contributed to at least 2 movies of the franchise.

PersonNr. of
Technical RoleFranchise
Box Office
Box Office
Jerry Siegel 3 Character Creator (3) $1,342,284,583 $1,342,284,583 100.0%
Joe Shuster 3 Character Creator (3) $1,342,284,583 $1,342,284,583 100.0%
Richard Donner 2 Director (2) $401,547,629 $2,627,374,072 15.3%
Chris Corbould 2 Special Effects (2) $161,298,252 $13,335,006,606 1.2%
Zack Snyder 2 Director (2)
Story Creator (1)
$667,999,518 $1,969,915,493 33.9%
Charles Roven 2 Producer (2) $667,999,518 $4,627,874,898 14.4%
David S. Goyer 2 Screenwriter (2)
Story Creator (2)
$667,999,518 $4,267,604,414 15.7%
Deborah Snyder 2 Producer (2) $667,999,518 $1,866,462,618 35.8%
Thomas Tull 2 Executive Producer (2) $1,042,084,583 $11,617,883,270 9.0%
Jon Peters 2 Executive Producer (1)
Producer (1)
$1,042,084,583 $2,653,061,375 39.3%
Wesley Coller 2 Co-Producer (1)
Executive Producer (1)
$667,999,518 $1,726,745,901 38.7%